Communities across the district are being encouraged to have their say on the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy.

In March the Government selected Bradford as one of five local authority areas to participate in the Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy.

Bradford was announced along with Blackburn with Darwen, Peterborough, Walsall and Waltham Forest to take part in the programme.

The Government is now asking for views on the vision set out in the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper – to build strong, integrated communities where people of all backgrounds live, work, learn and socialise together.

The deadline to have your say is tomorrow (Tuesday 5 June).  It’s the last chance to make your views heard and highlight the work that is going on in communities. Follow this link to have your say:

The first Integration Partnership Board meeting was held in Bradford on Friday, 11 May. The Right Reverend Bishop of Bradford Toby Howarth, the chair of the Integration Partnership, said:  “Bradford’s designation as an Integration Area provides our district with an amazing opportunity to bring people together and to respond to the inequalities that exist for some people, that can lead to division. I’m delighted to have been asked to Chair our local partnership, but will also be looking to bring in a co-chair to work along side me and the Board on such an important piece of work.

“The government’s Integration Strategy remains a draft and feedback is being invited through a short online survey. I would encourage people to have a look at the strategy and to log on and leave their views, whether they are supportive or believe that there are areas that need to be thought through a little further.”Cllr Abdul Jabar, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said:  “Bradford was asked to become one of the five Integration Areas because of some of the great work that is already taking place. Like most large cities and towns, we have challenges to face but I believe, that we have an energy within our communities to work constructively to do more, where we need to.”